The International Research Training Group “Brain-behavior relationship of emotion and social cognition in schizophrenia and autism” (IRTG 1328) is formed by German and American scientists of the RWTH Aachen University with the University Hospital Aachen, the Research Center Jülich (all within the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance, JARA) and the University of Pennsylvania and is funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; DFG). The major aims of the German-American IRTG are interdisciplinary and international scientific co-operation and the support of young scientists with aspiration to cutting-edge research. Three basic principles shape the profile of the IRTG: excellence, innovation and international co-operation. To make allowance for the various aspects of the complex clinical disorders of schizophrenia and autism, scientists from a widespread area of disciplines are involved, including medicine, psychology, biology, physics and computer science, among them some of the world’s leading experts in the respective fields. The excellence of faculty and trainees and the international character of the enterprise combine to provide a uniquely inspiring research environment. The IRTG offers a study program that structures an internationally collaborative doctoral process under joint mentorship of a German and an American supervisor. The participants of the IRTG apply advanced brain imaging techniques, including structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI and fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), magnetoencephalography (MEG), computational modeling of brain dysfunction, receptor distribution and microstructural, architectonic brain mapping, to study the neurobiological basis of emotion processing in schizophrenia and autism.

The IRTG 1328 represents the only structured doctoral program in Germany that is explicitly focused to the neural basis of two clinically and socio-economically highly relevant psychiatric disorders, schizophrenia and autism.

Patrick Schelenz receives Young Investigator Award for Best Posters

Congratulations to IRTG student Patrick Schelenz, who received not only a travel grant to the 11th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry (WSFBP) in Kyoto, Japan, but on top of that a Young Investigator Award for Best Posters!

IRTG talk by Hannah Schoch at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego

IRTG student Hannah Schoch (UPenn) will be giving a talk at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) in San Diego (Nov 9 – 13, 2013). Her talk is entitled 'The transcriptional co-repressor SIN3A regulates hippocampal synaptic plasticity via Homer1/mGluR5' and will be part of the SfN Nanosymposium 'Learning and Memory- Epigenetics'.

Congratulations, Hannah!

Dr. Christina Regenbogen receives START grant from the UK Aachen
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:22

IRTG PostDoc Dr. Christina Regenbogen received funding from the UK Aachen START program for a project which she proposed together with Prof. Dr. Jessica Freiherr, Neuroscience of Chemosensation wit the title: 'Olfactory hallucinations in schizophrenia: a source-monitoring deficit approach'.

Sailee Shikhare receives RWTH completion grant
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:42

IRTG student Sailee Shikhare has received the RWTH completion grant for her doctoral project Quantifier comprehension and processing – Role of language and numerical processing.

We congratulate and wish her all the best for her research.

Vanessa Pütz receives several awards and grants
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 00:00

Congratulations to Vanessa Pütz! She has kicked off the year not only with a Poster Prize at the 5th annual Social & Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS) Conference this year, her abstract was also nominated as being among the top 5% of conference submissions. The International Cultural Neuroscience Consortium will be awarding her a $500 travel grant to go to the conference.

On top of that, Vanessa also received the Volkwagen Foundation grant to attend the Herrenhäuser Conference on "Mental Health Throughout Life" in Hannover this April!

Vanessa's office with a view (at UPenn):

Vanessa's office with a view (UPenn)



Positive announcement from Brussels: Human Brain Project will be funded
Thursday, 31 January 2013 09:18

The Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics as well as scientists from the Forschungszentrum Jülich contribute to the Human Brain Project. The European Union decided to support this project as part of its FET Flagship initiative with an amount of 1 Billion Euros.

It is the ambitious aim of the 10-year-project to create “a virtual human brain in which the spatial organization from the level of the molecule up to the complex system function will be captured”, as Prof. Katrin Amunts explains. Prof. Schneider says that "the framework of the project enables to bundle the scientific expertise and manpower in order to be able to study and map the organization and the processing mechanisms of the brain on all levels and in its whole complexity".


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